Adore Your Children (World Saving Tip #11)

Real Talk

“When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” – Erma Bombeck

Any of us who has children know this quote to be a true statement of a feeling that we have each had at one time or another. (My wife has most likely actually put this into practice…and failed to tell me of it.)

Where do I begin?

Children have a way of making us feel the entire spectrum of human emotion, and they cause it to happen in mere seconds.

I never really felt fear until my first daughter was born. Now that I have two daughters, fear is the common denominator in my daily existence. I fear for their safety, fear that I am not setting a good enough example, fear that I’m not doing enough, fear the fact that they’ll eventually start dating, and fear them getting married. Being a dad with daughters just seems to set an expectation of living a fearful life.

But along with that fear comes a joy, and a capacity for love, that is unmatched by any other experience. It is those two emotions that have a tendency to bring out the best in who I am, and who I want to be. They cause me to truly push myself to be the protector and provider that I am supposed to be. They make me better.

And shouldn’t it be that way for all of us?

Imagine a world of parents, each striving to be better today than they were yesterday, each smiling and laughing more, each playing more, each loving more…simply because the children are watching.

Maybe we would argue a little bit less, and fight a little bit less frequently.

A world of parents such as these, holding on to the things that make them better for their children, would, quite possibly, be a better world for all of us.

There is no single thing that can make us be greater than we are than the love of our children. So…love them, hold them, and, most importantly, adore them.

Until next time,

Billy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Nice (World Saving Tip #2)

Real Talk

“Courage, love, friendship,
compassion, and empathy
lift us above the simple beasts
and define humanity.”

– Dean Koontz, The Book of Counted Sorrows

In the heated political climate that exists today, it has never been more important to follow this tip.

Regardless of which side of the political spectrum your ideologies fall, you are the only one to blame for how you associate with other people.

Think about it for a moment…

How boring would this world be if we all agreed about every single little thing?

I am a firm believer that it is our differences that truly make this work. It is those differences that built roads, bridges, and skyscrapers. Those same differences also built cars, made it possible to soar through the skies, and journey beyond the boundary of our own planet. Were we to not have those differences, we would all still be living in the wilderness, perfectly satisfied with not trying to make this world any better.

In fact, if we weren’t different, there would be no reason for us to interact with one another at all.

The problem that exists today, however, is that we have forgotten how to simply be nice to one another. We have let those aforementioned political ideologies become the forefront of our daily lives, instead of remembering to “love thy neighbor”.

Don’t get me wrong…I’m not saying that you shouldn’t fight for your beliefs. You absolutely should. I’m just saying that there is a right way to do it, and a wrong way to do it.

Lately, it seems as if the wrong way is all that people know anymore.

But we can change that…by being nice.